Belfast Telegraph

Moy Park boss refuses to meet union officials over pay

By John Mulgrew

A trade union has said it has been refused a meeting with Moy Park's boss over pay concerns following the profit-making poultry giant's takeover. Moy Park, which has its base in Craigavon, posted profits of £41m in 2016.

Earlier this month the business, which employs more than 6,000 staff here, was bought by US-based Pilgrim's Pride Corporation from Brazilian owner JBS for $1.3bn (£1bn).

Janet McCollum, chief executive of Moy Park, said the announcement was a "positive development for Moy Park and all our colleagues employed across the business".

Sean McKeever, Unite regional officer for Moy Park, said the trade union has "now repeatedly sought meetings" with Ms McCollum concerning the future for the workforce here and the "recruitment of hundreds more agency workers on the minimum wage".

"Unite sought an urgent meeting with Janet McCollum to justify her positive assessment of the buy-out and to identify where these 'efficiencies' were to be generated, but we were refused a meeting," he said.

A spokeswoman for Moy Park said: “We meet with the unions regularly and will continue to discuss business developments as part of these ongoing meetings.

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